Human Me

High School Diploma…WHAT!! by Ruth Utnage

I got my GED when I was 16 going on 30 (1998) and it wasn’t until I got my Associates that I truly felt the sting of not getting my High School Diploma. But then Washington State passed some rule, bill, law…whatever…that says anyone who has their GED and obtains their Associates qualifies to receive …

If You Don’t Fit This Glass Slipper… by Ruth Utnage

Believe what the masses believe, otherwise you’ll not be accepted. I’ve fell into that my whole life. The media displays an opinion and calls it mass representation of public opinion, because you-can’t-put-anything-on-TV-that-isn’t-true. As if there is two factions fighting for American rights, right now. Actually, I think there is two factions, fighting with each other …

What Do You Love About You? by Ruth Utnage

Typically it is easy to list things that you don’t like about yourself. If I were to ask what you’re ashamed of you may not tell the world (after all, shame is usually something you keep hidden, at least the act or belief it pertains) but something will probably float past your scrolling marquee of …

UW Book Club: It Was So Hard To Say Goodbye! By Ruth Utnage

I want everyone to know how hard it was to say goodbye to the book club! I tried to dodge it by not going and sending a message, but, as fate would have it a mistake occurred and I was forced to the book club to say my goodbye’s, which was even harder than I …

Why So Caught Up In Men? by Ruth Utnage

I went to meet a fellow trans woman this weekend and was reminded why I don’t typically go and meet new people on the prison yard. She was more worried about men than anything else. No goals, no immediate plans, nothing I can relate to. I’ve noticed this with many of the girls in prison, …

Have I Seen Enough by Marshall Byers

After I ran three miles around the big yard today, I stopped and asked myself…Have I seen enough? As far as my eyes could see, was a landscape from a picture book, or a movie from a fairytale. It always makes me laugh a little, thinking I’ve got thee most beautiful view. Some people fork …

Defy Ventures Washington, Let’s Go Change The World by Ruth Utnage

Every once in a while an opportunity comes along that you can feel its energy. It’s the people behind it, its the people it helps, its the momentum it generates. Defy Ventures Washington is that opportunity. If you’re a business owner or supervisor or investor this program is for you. If someone you know is …

Water For Elephants by Marshall Byers

This is our next UW book club book. Today, October 19, 2019 was fascinating and full of surprise. I hurriedly walked down to our Sat. morning book club, well, it’s just what I do. Not only because it was all stormy and rainy, but I was so damn excited to meet our new UW students. …